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East Texas Council of Governments’ Regional 9-1-1 Program is pleased to announce the availability of Text to 9-1-1 service in Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Marion, Panola, Rains, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood Counties. Text to 9-1-1 is a service that allows citizens to send a text message directly to 9-1-1 for assistance in the event they are unable to make a voice call.

An incorrect banner in the City of Kilgore’s ‘Six flags over Texas’ display was ultimately sorted out this week following a brief but contentious dialogue between a local couple and City Hall. The flag in question is one of three official banners flown by the Confederate States of America, in power here from March 1861 through 1865. For at least several weeks, another flag was flying in its place in the six flags display in front of Kilgore Police Department – the so-called ‘Betsy Ross flag’ is similar in design. It was a mistake, according to city officials. One that needed to be rectified immediately, according to Kiefer and Cody Bounds.

After time back at the drawing board, SWEPCO has crafted a new plan to add wind energy into its power mix. About this time in 2017, the utility’s representatives were spreading the word about the Wind Catcher initiative. That $4.5 billion proposal was ultimately canceled in July 2018 after meeting resistance and being rejected by the Texas Public Utility Commission. Still committed to diversifying its generation capacity through green means, wind and solar, SWEPCO took the feedback and crafted a new proposal, aiming to add 810 megawatts in wind energy by 2022.

For once, Kilgore’s sales tax rollercoaster has found a straightaway. The city’s September allocation from the state comptroller’s office arrived this week at $780,361.32, a slim $47 more than the same month a year back – it’s a 0.00 percent change after months of a steadying trend. With that final check, the city closes the sales tax books on Fiscal Year 2019 with gross revenues of $10.7 million, an 8.4 percent improvement compared to FY2018, which saw 36.8 percent growth on FY17.